Annual OSHA Training & Infection Control - Are We Safe Enough?

6/3/2022 • 3 CEUs
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This course reviews the science of disease transmission and updates and makes sense of the many dental safety recommendations considering COVID-19 and beyond.  Standard and Transmission-based Precautions will be explained in the context of CDC & ADA Guidelines and OSHA & Dental Board regulations (meets Infection Control & OSHA CE requirements). “Cool” safety tips are categorized by effectiveness and include new technology, how to optimize indoor air safety, PPE other prevention controls.
Outcomes - Upon completion, the participant shall be able to: 
  • Recognize and manage bloodborne, contact, droplet and airborne diseases
  • Identify best practices for providing dental care while considering COVID-19
  • Make sense of evolving recommendations as applied to changing infection risk
Program contents:
Science of SARS-CoV-2: risks, symptoms, pathogenesis, transmission
Safety strategies
          Standard vs. Transmission-based precautions
Hierarchy of safety efforts: most to least effective practices
Quarantine, isolation, separation
Screening patients
Building & clinic aerosol control:  Indoor air quality
          Hand hygiene
Environmental asepsis
Respiratory hygiene & cough etiquette
PPE criteria, use and limitations
Reflection on improving dental safety preparedness

Nancy Dewhirst, RDH, BS:

Nancy Dewhirst BS, RDH presents interactive hands-on workshops, as well as seminars that combine science and practical information nation-wide.  Topics include OSHA, Infection Control, Ergonomics, Oral Pathology, Emerging Diseases and Biofilms, Instrument Sharpening workshops and Disaster Preparedness.  Ms. Dewhirst is consistently listed as one of the nation's “Leaders in CE”, presents over 80 seminars yearly, is a member of the California Dental Association Speakers Bureau, and is a licensed continuing education provider in California.  Ms. Dewhirst is Adjunct Faculty at West Coast University, Dept. of Dental Hygiene and a member of Sigma Phi Alpha. She has had numerous articles published and has contributed to Textbook chapters and several ADA/ANSI and OSAP position papers and posters.  Nancy's career includes 20 years of private clinical practice along with 28 years as an educator.


8:30-9:00am - Registration & Continental Breakfast
9:00-Noon - Lecture

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